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Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…

Hudson, Edward (1802–05)

Announced in Lancaster Gazette, 20 November 1802, that ‘he intends, in a few days, to commence carrying on the above business, in all its branches, at the shop on the Green Area, Lancaster, lately occupied by Mr. Jeremiah Sowerby; and…

Mayhew, John and Ince, William (1736–d. 1811)

and Ince, William (d. 1804), London, cm. The partnership of John Mayhew and William Ince (1758/59–1804) was one of the most significant, probably the…

Oakley, George (1773–1840)

The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the…

Reynoldson, George (1695–d.1764)

George Reynoldson was one of the most eminent u and cm in York during the 18th century. He was a Catholic and this largely dictated both the path his life followed and, to an extent, the commissions he was given. He had a business in Stonegate and a…

Seddon, George (1753–1868)

The firm of Seddon was the largest furniture-making firm in London in the last quarter of the 18th century when it employed more people, held more extensive stocks and produced a wider-range of goods than any other furnituremaking business It remained of…

Smith, John and successors (1698–1832)

The first record of John Smith is when St John's College made a payment to him in 1698. Regular payments appear in his name from 1719, most are for general joinery work although he was paid in 1734 ‘for Chairs for ye Audit Room 24 at 18s, 2…

Stuart, Henry (1771)

In February to May 1771 undertook a substantial commission for Sir Gilbert Heathcote. Some of this work was for his house at North End, Fulham and included dying bed and window curtains, supplying cushions for ‘bamboo…

Walker, Richard (1771–1805)

Also listed as a looking-glass manufacturer in 1781 and as an appraiser and auctioneer in 1788–1802. At 122 Deangate, 1771–81, but from 1788–1808 at 16 St Mary's Gate. An advertisement of August 1771 suggests that by this date the business was already…